STACK's Ultimate Zombie Guide
Z ombies are everywhere these days – on cinema screens, onTV, on gaming consoles and even on city streets, where thousands of participants dress up for annual ‘zombie marches’ across the globe.They’ve even shambled their way into classics of literature – Jane Austen is surely turning in her grave at the existence of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies .The living dead have been a longtime staple of popular entertainment, from the 1932 film White Zombie and 1943’s IWalked with a Zombie, to George A. Romero’s seminal Night of the Living Dead and the Italian zombie splatterfests that followed in its wake. Even scientists and governments are now taking the possibility of a zombie virus and its apocalyptic consequences seriously, and so too is STACK , with this informative guide to the living dead in all their rotting, flesh- eating incarnations.
THEY BITE. Zombies increase their numbers this way, passing on the infection that triggers reanimation. Sometimes a mere scratch is all it takes.The victim slowly succumbs to the effects of the bite and passes away, returning as one of the living dead after a period of time (which is variable).There is no cure, however immediate amputation of the infected area may prove effective in some cases. THEY EAT. Zombies of internal organs and brains. Although often described as cannibals, technically they’re not; zombies do not feed on each other, only on humans, and the living dead can no longer be considered human. possess a craving for human flesh, and are particularly fond
THEY LURCH. Zombies are generally shuffling, lumbering, mindless creatures, which makes escaping their clutches a lot easier. But they are a formidable force when congregating in packs, and more modern day zombies – like “the infected” variety – often possess the speed of Usain Bolt. THEY DIE – AGAIN. How do you kill something that’s already dead? Shoot it in the head! Destroying the brain with a well-aimed bullet (or sledgehammer) is the only surefire way of keeping zombies down for good. Fire is also effective, as is severing the head from the body. However, unless the brain is turned to mush, the head can still deliver a fatal bite.
WHEN THE EARTH SPITS OUTTHE DEAD... THEY WILL RETURN TO TEAR THE FLESH OF THE LIVING. – Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
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